Friday, 26 July 2013

Hidden Zipper Pocket Tutorial

A while back, I shared a bag I made with a hidden zipper pocket. 

I took some photos for a tutorial so here it is.. a few months later!

So this pocket is going to go right across the width of your bag.  So your zipper should be longer than the width. I'm not going to go throught the steps to make the bag, but I made a simple flat bag -without the pocket it would be essentially be two rectangles sewed together..

The steps to do this are very similiar to making a zipper pouch, so it would be helpful if you have done this before. 

Ok, the pocket was on the front of the bag.   When cutting your outer fabric pieces which in this simple bag is two rectangles, cut the front about an bit longer than than you need.

Spilt the front piece horizontally at the height you want the pocket.  The zipper is going to end up between these two pieces. The bottom piece is going to make up the pocket part.

Cut a second piece from the outer fabric the same size as the pocket part. From the lining fabric, also cut the same size as the pocket part.

Take the lining pocket piece and the second outer pocket piece and sew the zipper between them, the same way as making a zipper pouch.  So lining face up, zipper face up, outer face down with top edges lined up.  Sew using zipper foot. You'll end up with the below, whhn flipping fabric wrong side together, just like a zipper pouch - DON'T top stitch y

Now fold the edge of the outer fabric with the zipper to form a "lip" and the zipper falls behind about 1/2".  Hopefully the picture can help illustrate what I mean.

Topstitch along the fold

Now take the two pieces of outer fabric that we spilt into two.  Sandwich as before, pocket piece (smaller one in my example) RST, zipper, top fabric piece. Open your zipper when doing this to keep the lip from the other side out of the way and sew.

Below is what you should have..Separate the two fabric pieces so one goes up and one goes down (like in photo). I think you can probably topstitch on either side of the zipper. (Can't remember if I did)

Zip up the zipper and you have a hidden zipper inserted!  Mine is where those circles are broken.

As you can see I had excess lining fabric due to the fold at the zipper.  Trim as needed. You can baste the sides and bottom of the pocket.

And that's your front of your bag with the hidden zipper pocket!   Sew right side together with your back exterior piece. When doing this you'll be sewing the zipper into the seams and trim it down as needed. 

I have a bag in mind that uses this in a variation.. just need to get down to making it!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Bridal shower fun with paper cutter

So one of the little projects that kept me busy was doing some decorations for a bridal shower.  I broke out my Silhouette Cameo and tried several new things..

Decals for vases cut out of contact paper:


Underwear and bra confetti (it was a lingerie shower)

Tags for favours using the print and cut feature of the machine.

Gift box for gift card prizes. The box has slots to hold the gift card.

One of my gifts to the bride to be was a crepe maker.  I made a milkbox carton and put the dry ingrediants to my favourite crepe recipe along with intructions printed on the carton.

I also made a card in the shape of corset which was really cute but I forgot to take photos of.

Everything turned out great and I got to learn a lot about the machine!

Monday, 15 July 2013

New purchase

Yes,  I have been a bad blogger recently..  Various things are keeping me busy.. like research on my new (to me) purchase.

It's a Singer 15-91.  I don't know much about these (or other) vintage machines but have heard good things about this model so have been keeping an eye out on my local Kijiji.  Friday, I found a listing for one in perfect working condition for $35.  In my area the cheapest I've seen them is $150.  My husband picked it up within a couple hours.

It comes in a table/cabinet. The foot pedal is mounted inside and can be trigged by a knee control

To my inexperienced eye the surface looks like it's in pretty good shape.

The wiring from the machine to the foot pedal needs to be changed which I have read is pretty straight forward and inexpensive.  I will get a new power cord as well.  The other wiring looks  ok but need to look into getting it examined.

Wiring to foot pedal

The table isn't in the best condition with some screw holes on the top, but we might built a base for it rather that using it in a table to save space

Bottom looks pretty good to me..

Now I haven't sewn with it because I have to learn how to remove the bobbin, thread and all that basic stuff.  We've seen the motor running but with the cords that need changing I will probably just initially test it by hand cranking until we replace them.

So while it looks good, I have no idea how well it actually sews!  For the price I thought I would take the risk. 

Oh and the seller forgot to give my husband the attachments so still need to get those. 

Do you have a vintage machine? Anything you can tell me that I should know? I'm excited to learn about it!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A couple bag pattern giveaways

I came across a couple giveaways that I thought I would share..

First a giveaway from Craftbuds for 3 ChrisW Design bag patterns

Liz from Moments is giving away 3 bag patterns from Sew Sweetness

Good Luck!

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